- Series: History Encyclopedias
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Usborne Pub Ltd (January 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0794511414
- ISBN-13: 978-0794511418
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Usborne Encyclopedia of the Ancient World: Internet Linked (History Encyclopedias) Paperback – January, 2007
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This Encyclopedia covers the Mesopotamian World, Ancient Egypt, Ancient, Archaic and Classical Greece and the Roman World giving you historical background along with insight to the every day life that one may of experienced in that time. For Example, in covering Ancient Rome, the major headings are Early Rome, The Roman Republic, the Roman Empire, Everyday Life, The End of Empire, The Roman Word factfinder etc.
If you want to look further into a topic that is covered in this Encyclopedia, it does add an internet link on the same page of that topic so you aren't scouring the back trying to find the link.
My only dissapointment with this Encyclopedia is that it does not cover Ancient China and other ancient civilisations. When I looked at the title of this Encyclopedia, I just presumed that they would be covered, but not so.
Other than this, this is a very user friendly Encyclopedia and glad it is in my home library.
I understand that the history of these other civilizations and geographies hasn't been as influential on most westerners' culture/history/worldview, and I'm not looking for a PC perspective. I just hoped that my son would at least see that there were other people around the world, living in other ways during those times too. I'll continue searching for a book that covers early history more broadly at an appropriate age level.
The only downside to this book is that some of the pictures cover the page numbers. This makes it a little hard to find a certain page because this sometimes occurs for several pages in a row.
For each civilization there are sections on history, government, everyday life, religion, entertainment, maps, and many more topics. At the end of each unit is a fact-finder specific for each civilization: rulers, gods/goddesses, laws, and the like.
The book is not just words. Illustrations, graphs, photographs make each page attractive and educational. For example, seeing for the first time an illustration of the size of the statue of Athena in the Parthenon just takes one's breath away. On the next page are illustrations of prayer positions of supplicants. I've seen each pose before in movies and documentaries and had no idea of the meaning.
Fabulous tidbits of information fill each page. On a page of a photograph of part of Hadrian's Wall separating England from Scotland (an attempt to keep the Scots in their land and out of England) is the brave story of Boudicca and her uprising against Rome.
To really appreciate this rich resource, you need to have it in hand and page through, stopping to read items of interest. Then keep it nearby to take out and read to enhance your own personal education. Very highly recommended!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an awesome book! Jammed packed with pictures of the ancient world that my kids are just literally absorbing. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lovely Reader
Excited to use this in our school year next year as we study world history.Published 14 months ago by Dana C.
home school book for granddaughter, she likes the book, arrived promptlyPublished 16 months ago by Barbara Beach
nice glossy photos 4 famous civilastions the Mesopotamian, Egyptians,Greeks and Romans with basic information explained very simply and easy to understand for the average person... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Stephen Ryder
Not a sturdy book but FABULOUS visuals - my kids love it at all ages and use it!Published 18 months ago by Jenianne K Becker
I bought it for my 7-year-old grandson, and he has enjoyed reading about different civilizations.Published 23 months ago by Sonia
This book has been a wonderful companion to our study of Ancient History this year. I especially appreciate that it just begins with the earliest known civilizations, rather than... Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by Gil
I am in agreement with the other 3 star rating. The book is very informative on Egypt, Greece, & Rome. Read morePublished on June 19, 2012 by davenkim
I am homeschooling my first grader this year and this book has become one of our staples for History! He absolutely loves it. Read morePublished on October 24, 2011 by Christina Proulx